The View From My Window

The world as seen from my window and through my eyes

I can’t believe she’s going to do it! July 30, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 8:24 am

Fat Chick: “I can’t believe she’s going to do that, can you?”

Henrietta: “Oh dear, oh dear. It’s highly inappropriate! I’m so embarrassed. She said it looks just like ME! BAWK!”

Gregory Pecked: “Now girls, calm down. It’s just for a bit of fun. A little drama and some levity are great for a presentation. You shouldn’t get your feathers in such a ruffle. After all, most of those people don’t even know about us.”

Fat Chick: “Gregory, you’re such a pinhead! It’s just stupid and silly to stand in front of a group of people and wear a hat that looks like, like…Henrietta is sitting on your head!”

Henrietta: “Oh my goodness, what will my friends say?”

Fat Chick: “Good grief, Henrietta, you know what they’ll say. We’re the only friends you’ve got, remember?”

Henrietta: “That’s not true! I have another friend!”

Fat Chick: “You mean that little toad over there who thinks he’s a bird? What’s his name—Pigeon? Ya, I’d really want the world to know I had a warty little toad who’s touched in the head as a friend.”

Gregory Pecked: “Don’t you think you’re being a bit hard on the little chap, Fat Chick? After all, he doesn’t say bad things about you being a little, well, overly plump.”

Henrietta: “Oh my goodness, Gregory, you shouldn’t have said that. You know she’s going to get even.”

Fat Chick: “Well, you pompous bag of feathers! I took pity on you after finding you on and making you my boyfriend and you have the nerve—THE NERVE—to say something like that to me. I think I’ll have to banish you to the shelf with old toady boy.”

Gregory Pecked: “Now Fat Chick, you know I won’t fit on the shelf and that I’m afraid of heights!”

Fat Chick: “Too bad, feather brain. Looks like you clucked one too many times for your own good. Take a hike rooster boy!”

Gregory Pecked: “I just hate high rise apartments! Unless, of course, it’s a henhouse suite!”


It was absolutely spotless July 29, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:43 am

I went home from work yesterday, walked in the door and stopped dead in my tracks. I thought I was in the wrong house. It was spotless. The table was already set for dinner. The counters were completely cleared off in the kitchen and had been wiped off. Sink was empty. Dishwasher was already empty except for a small handful of dishes. Living room straightened. 15 year old was sitting in the recliner wearing headphones and listening to music.

Wait a minute. What’s going on here? Who are you and what have you done with my son?

There was never an explanation given for the exceptional extra effort put forth yesterday. No request for money or permission to do something extra. This didn’t seem to be a laying of the groundwork to soften us up for the delivery of bad news. Wow. This is really something special.

Thanks Allen for just being a really nice kid. We love you too. 🙂


Random musings about Jason’s wedding July 26, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 8:08 pm

The day finally came. Jason finally took the plunge and became Mr. Kristina Fry. Wait, no, that’s not how it works. Kristina finally took the plunge and became Mrs. Jason Rollins. Well, regardless of how it happened, somehow by the end of the day, they ended up Mr. & Mrs. till death do they part.

It was a beautiful wedding and reception. Almost everyone from Web Com made it to the event, all cleaned up and in our best bibs and tuckers to cheer him on. As I watched I made special note in my mind of all the things that would need to make it into my blog when I got home.

  • On Friday I remember Shane saying “see you on Saturday at 3.” I should have checked my invitation again. There’s a really good reason my signature is the first one on the guest book list. However, we got really good seats!
  • There is some really impressive woodwork in the Missouri Methodist Church. And a killer pipe organ. Did you ever wonder what poor soul has to shinny up there and dust all that woodwork? Poor thing!
  • Young women who are candlelighters should always rehearse wearing the shoes they’ll be wearing at the wedding—especially when stairs are involved. There’s something very concerning about young girls teetering on steps when fire is involved.
  • Jason smiled a lot today. I mean, a lot more than usual and he always smiles a lot. It was cute.
  • A moment fit for a Hallmark commercial: Jason and his Dad standing together watching the moms light candles (also teetering on high heels on the steps). Jason put his arm around his Dad and patted his back. When Jason removed his arm, his Dad did exactly the same thing back. It was really moving.
  • Audie. Little guy. Ring bearer. Stole the show. He and the flower girl stood facing the congregation and Audie kept peeking around the bride at his Mom and waving. And then, the pillow fell on the floor. The wedding wouldn’t have been complete without a completely precious Audie moment.
  • The organ sounded, the congregation stood up and the bride appeared on the arm of her father. I didn’t know which one to look at, Kristina or Jason. Jason’s face at that moment was something I wouldn’t have missed seeing. Perfect.
  • My husband and son didn’t know the hymn we sang. We’re Baptists, it was a Methodist hymnal and they don’t sight read. Oh well, they were in good company. I heard a lot of other “silent singers” around me.
  • Loved the pastor. Nice combination of humor, formality and reverence.
  • Did I mention that it was an interesting experience to hear Lennon/McCartney music played on a pipe organ?
  • Jason looks just like his Dad. And his cousin Derek. And Audie. The Rollins family genes make a great impression in all generations. Kristina, did you take a good look at Jason’s Dad before you got married? I think that’s what you’ll get in a few decades!
  • The bride and groom were driven away from the church in the Shakespeare’s Pizza bicycle thingy. And, they went to Starbuck’s for coffee before arriving at the reception! Hey Jason, where’s my skinny vanilla latte, dude?
  • Nice touch having Barley appear for a few family photos between the wedding and reception.
  • Christine and Andrew drove all the way back from Lexington, KY for the wedding. Wow. That’s impressive. And they just moved a week or two ago! What friends!
  • This is the only wedding I’ve ever attended where the father/bride dance was Waylon Jennings’ “Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.” I’ll have to hear the story behind that one.
  • Seemed strange seeing Shane sitting at a table with no camera. Really, really weird.
  • And Josh wore a long sleeved shirt and a tie. Haven’t seen THAT in a while! And noticed that Allen had forgotten to wear a belt. Darn it. I knew someone would notice that.
  • Good cookies. Came from the Fulton bakery “Cake Creations.” They always do a nice job. I ate mine before dinner. I’m just like a kid, I couldn’t wait.
  • Beautiful wedding, nice day and hope the bride and groom will be very happy together. As we were leaving the wedding, Jason told me to call him if I needed anything at the office this week. He was kidding, right? Cause, I may have a problem with the CMS…
  • Maybe I will call him. After all, he asked me to! 🙂

Today’s the day!

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 8:40 am

Jason and Kristina are getting married this afternoon. For those of you readers who don’t know him, Jason is a young man who works in my office. He’s worked for me ever since he was a college student and I almost feel as though I’ve watched him grow up.

We all knew that it was probably a pretty serious thing when Jason brought Kristina to one of our office birthday lunches. He’d NEVER brought a girl by the office to meet us before. The next thing we knew he was ordering a ring and BAM! Here we are, planning what we’re going to wear to his wedding this afternoon.

“Spidey Mizzou”, I hope you have a completely perfect day and everything goes just as you planned it. We promise not to heckle you from the congregation and to behave ourselves, just this once. Kristina, I hope you have the wedding of your dreams because we think you’re getting a pretty good guy.

See you at the reception and I hope the food is good! 🙂


Random musings about places to eat lunch July 25, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 11:13 am

I was just talking to my son Allen (who was on the cell-phone with his Dad) as we made arrangements to meet and grab a bite of lunch together. Made me think about the places we commonly eat lunch here and the pros and cons of each.

  • The choice today was Chipotle. This is always one of my top favorites. It’s obviously a frequent destination because the folks at the counter don’t even ask me what I want anymore. I’m the “burrito bowl, black beans, chicken, fresh tomato salsa, a little hot red, sour cream, cheese and lettuce” lady.
  • Another fave for me is Noodles and Company. My choice is pad thai with chicken. Although, I need to branch out more. I understand the pesto cavatappi is good, too.
  • I love to go to lunch meetings at Addison’s. The draw for me is the sweet potato chips with horseradish cream dip. I could eat that and only that for lunch and be perfectly thrilled.
  • Shakespeare’s Pizza is one of the nearby lunch locations, although I’ll admit I don’t go there often. It’s usually PACKED with students and it’s not one of my favorite destinations.
  • Flat Branch Brewery and Restaurant, just up the street from my office. Handy, food is good and it’s the closest nice restaurant for meetings.
  • One of my very favorites is Bangkok Garden. Thai food. Very yummy. I’m a #3 hot on the 1-5 heat category. #2 isn’t hot enough, #4 burns my lips off. Just thought you’d like to know.
  • The unvarnished truth? Coldstone Creamery is a lunch destination. Cake batter ice cream with brownies, hot fudge, whipped cream in a “love it” size. I am so bad!
  • Also like Chevys lunch fajitas. Beef. Mmmm. With lots of chips before and a nap after.

Want to add to the lunch fave list? Bring it on!


Random musings about pizza July 24, 2008

Filed under: Random Musings — auntlelo @ 4:57 pm

I’m sitting at my desk and it’s 4:40 p.m. I had a turkey sandwich for lunch. Blah. I even had some chips, but, that didn’t do the trick either. I know, I know, all bad things for me. What I really have a craving for is some really good pizza.

Not the piece of cardboard with sauce and cheese you get in a Domino’s delivery box, but, something truly wonderful. With that I’ll launch into my random musings about pizza.

  • I’m a thin crust kind of gal. Hard to believe when my figure would tell you that thick crust is more believable, right?
  • I love supreme with all the veggies. However, I’m also a carnivore so it has to have meat as well. Sausage or pepperoni are my favorites.
  • Why do pizza places make you ask for extra cheese? I mean really, doesn’t EVERYBODY order extra cheese? You’d think that would be standard now, sort of like large french fries.
  • One of the most painful injuries is when you get a cheese burn on the roof of your mouth because you just couldn’t wait one more minute to have a bite. Will we never learn?
  • The perfect pizza is a blend of just right amounts of crust, cheese and toppings. Too much crust, cheese or toppings is just bad. After all, if you have to eat it with a fork it’s just no fun anymore.
  • I don’t know why some people think breakfast pizza is a new invention. I was eating leftover pizza for breakfast decades ago. Now they’ve gone and messed it up by trying to make it healthy and putting eggs on it. Eeeeewwwww!
  • I’m sort of a pizza purist in a lot of ways. This whole gourmet pizza thing with toppings like BBQ chicken, spinach, pesto and such seems a little strange to me. If I want BBQ, I’ll eat BBQ. If I want pesto I’ll get some pasta and do it right. And for heaven’s sake, if I want a burrito I’ll eat it with a tortilla not a pizza crust. Really!
  • People nearly come to blows when trying to define a favorite pizza. Mine depends on my mood. I love the Achilles pizza from Arris’ (beef and jalapeno peppers). I also love a good slice of canadian bacon and mushroom from Shakespeare’s, although I don’t care much for their crust. (I know, that must make me a communist or something, right?) I also love a good Papa Murphy’s pepperoni pizza that I bake at home. Mmmmm.
  • I’ve gained at least 3 pounds writing this blog entry. Hungry. Very hungry. STARVING!
  • You know what’s really bad? I probably won’t get to have pizza for dinner because my son had it for dinner last night. How sad. All this torture for nothing. Sigh.

Braces off Congratulations Allen! July 23, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 4:07 pm

A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s been a long four years, but, Allen looks suitably happy to get his braces off, don’t you think?

If you really want to see the real story, take a look at these before and after pics. Thanks for sharing your files Dr. Robinson!